The scenic skyline of Cerro de la Silla (aka Saddle Mountain) in the rugged foothills of Cumbres de Monterrey is one of the main draws to this national park, but Cola de Caballo—also known as Horse Tail waterfall—in another popular stop in this urban escape just outside Monterrey. Located in the town of Villa de Santiago in Nueva Leon, Cola de Caballo looks like the horse tail it’s named for and cascades some 130 feet into a crystal clear swimming hole that has become a favorite among travelers.
Cola de Caballo is located 17 miles northeast of Catemaco. It is accessible by car via a paved road and following the exit to Rio Cuetzalapan Valley. Because some of the route is unpaved it’s best to avoid after heavy rains. Private hiking guides are available for hire for about 100 pesos and can lead travelers safely through steep terrain and uneven paths.